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tandy99615
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 7
posted September 23, 2002 02:02 PM
I have one more race day this year on our mile gravel semi banked tack in my 81buick regal that I have loved. The car was good to me with 27 wins with 9 shut outs that felt good being a rookie and all.
I was given a 82 Buick Riviera for next year that I will have to start from scratch.
I need help?
I need to know what springs to use???
And any thing else you can think? I boot my last car already set up and I am at a loss. I did to well this year and every one at the track tells me I do not need help. That what I get ( NO?).

ryan
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 430
posted September 23, 2002 02:09 PM
Why get rid of the car you have? If it aint broke dont fix it.

tandy99615
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 7
posted September 23, 2002 02:22 PM
I lost an axel and rolled over three times and did a good one to cage and body. I reinforced cage and hammered body but it is hashed.

tandy99615
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 7
posted September 23, 2002 02:34 PM
Our track allows the lower R A-arm to be lengthened One inch. My Question is to what extent will this affect my spring ?

uforacing51
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 349
posted September 23, 2002 02:52 PM
I would stay away from the Riv. They are bigger and heavier than a metric car. But hey this is just me talking. You need a car and its available, you do what you need to.

ryan
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 430
posted September 24, 2002 02:30 PM
Aren't Riviera's front wheel drive??
Take the springs you have now to a local race shop and have them test your current springs to find the spring rates or just use those springs. You might want to get ahold of the guy you bought the car from and ask him on the setup

MissTwenty
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 18
posted September 26, 2002 01:13 PM
quote:
Originally posted by tandy99615:
I lost an axel and rolled over three times and did a good one to cage and body. I reinforced cage and hammered body but it is hashed.

I agree -- if it ain't broke, don't fix it. If it's handling and drivin' fine for ya, keep it. My ol' Monte took quite a hit toward the end of it's first season (knocked to 107" & 109"), but once it was pulled back straight it drove fine, so I hung a new body on it over the winter and brought it back out this year -- it's been great.

Yup, the Riviera is Front Wheel Drive... But if the measurements work out (is a Riv 108 inches??) it might be your fix for the hammered body -- if the sizes are close you might be able to work in some sawin' and hangin' and use the body parts.

Best of Luck, seeya at the Races.

D

49mtmod
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 56
posted September 26, 2002 03:13 PM
Why not find another metric frame car? - they are a dime a dozen. Everything that you can salvage from your current car should interchange. That way you can swap over your springs, shocks, etc. and have the same set up that you have now.


tandy99615
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 7
posted September 26, 2002 05:12 PM
Yes I have came to the point like misstwenty sead I will hang new skin on my car. I live on an I land so body parts (any part) is hard to come by. Hear if you find a car and it is not rusted out then it is the right car.

jdirtman
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted September 27, 2002 09:20 PM
Thank-You !!!
I just got a welder for free and access to all kinds of fabercating tools and machines.
But what got my attention was your sucess with your regal... I have been given a 83 reagal to build for my first car and I feel better now about the regal....
Remember if it aint done on dirt
It just aint done!!!!

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